Aquiva Foundation is providing sustainable desalination solutions to fight the growing water crises resulting from the depletion of sweet water resources in the developing world.

A solution for the world's water problem

 

Showcased on a Maldivian island

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The water crisis

 

Destruction of coastal aquifers and groundwater

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News

Water Online

February 2016

 

Aquiva Foundation Marks Two-Year Anniversary Of A Sustainable Desalination Plant In The Maldives

 

We chose an environment with very difficult operating conditions to test the strength and reliability of our system. We are very exited about the sustainable performance of the plant...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Erneuerbare Energien

January 2016

 

Wasser für die Malediven

 

Die Malediven, ein Paradies auf Erden. Zumindest für gut betuchte Besucher oder die Besitzer der Resorts auf den Touristeninseln mag das zutreffen, für die durchschnittliche Bevölkerung eher weniger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Global Water Intelligence

April 2015

 

Gulhi Water Plant Shortlisted

 

The Maldives are at the forefront of the fight against climate change: one meter of rise in sea levels would obliterate the entire country. But they rely on diesel generators for their electricity and water supply….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Filter + Seperation

June 2014

 

Paradise found: Maldives Drinking Water is Produced from Waste Heat

 

The tiny island of Gulhi in the Maldives has gained what is claimed to be the world´s first desalination unit which utilizes waste heat to……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.NET Development Journal

June 2014

 

Operating Data from Memsys Technology Installation Shows Energy Positive Desalination, with Net Energy Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Water Desalination Report

June 2014

 

Distiller Improves Generator Efficiency

 

After three full month of operation, Florian Bollen told WDR that small , potable water treatment plant on the Maldivian Island of Gulhi has succeeded in producing “ energy positive desalination” for the islands….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Water & Wastes Digest

April 2014

 

Success in the Maldives

 

Gulhi, which measures approximately 600 by 300 meters, is home to about 1,200 residents as well as a shipyard and a growing number of guesthouses. Before the commissioning of this facility, Gulhi relied primarily on imported water for drinking because its only natural…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Membrane Technology

April 2014

 

Waste Heat and Membrane Distillation help Maldives Produce Drinking Water

 

The Aquiva Foundation has entered into a joint venture with electricity company State Electric Co Ltd in the Maldives to provide…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Guardian

February 2016

 

Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds

 

Water shortages affecting two-thirds of world’s population for a month every year and the crisis is far worse than previously thought.

These water problems are set to worsen, according to the researchers, as population growth and increasing water use...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Der Spiegel

October 2015

 

The Deserts Grow – People Flee

 

Already, millions of people worldwide are on the run , in the future there could be many more : environmental degradation and climate change are threatening entire regions in Africa and the Middle East to make uninhabitable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Resources Institute

July 2015

 

A Global Tour of 7 recent Droughts

 

Every inhabited continent, faces extremely high water stress. That means that in certain areas more than 80 percent of the local water supply is withdrawn by businesses, farmers, residents and other consumers every year….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Guardian

March 2015

 

Californian Farmers Resign to Drought

 

Coburn has spent almost $4m on wells but said in some areas water plumbed from ever lower depths was often laden with salt and other minerals. “It’s like frigging chemotherapy,” he said. “You can get away with it for one year. By the third year you’re basically killing the tree.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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International Water Management Institute

October 2014

 

The Scourge of Salt

 

World loosing about 2000 hectares of irrigated farmland a day. Around one fifth of irrigated land is now degraded by salt, threatening crop production in 75 countries…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Geographic

August 2014

 

If you Think the Water Crisis can´t get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers are Drained

 

We're pumping irreplaceable groundwater to counter the drought. When it's gone, the real crisis begins….

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Guardian

June 2011

 

Water Scarcity in Africa and the Middle East

 

With a rising global population, increasing water use per capita and depleting reserves of groundwater, there's no doubt that blue gold, as water is sometimes called, is an increasingly precious resource. Yet despite a wealth of reports, books and films examining the problem of water scarcity, it doesn't always feature high on the agenda….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Council for Sustainable Development

January 2006

 

Facts on Water

 

Increases in water use have resulted in high environmental costs, including loss of biodiversity as well as affecting natural water systems such as rivers and aquifers. Half of the world’s wetlands have disappeared over the last century, with some rivers now no longer …

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our technology

 

Following nature's example of evaporation and condensation

 

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About us

About Aquiva Foundation

 

Aquiva Foundation is registered as a charity in England and Wales (1141594)

A company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (7588039)

Address: Farncombe House, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7LJ

 

Aquiva Foundation is a catalyst for change is the way the world access water for drinking and sustainable agricultures. Through innovative technology and business models salty sea water and groundwater will be used to bring affordable high quality water to people in need.

 

Special thanks to

Sarah, Duchess of York

 

Ambassador

 

The Duchess is very engaged in addressing health and environmental issues on this planet especially when it concerns children and their livelihood. She has been a very keen supporter of Aquiva Foundation employing her network of connections to spread the word to help solving the water crises. Here she is holding up two of the new generation distillation and condensation frames that we are using to desalinate the sea water.

 

 

 

Board of Trustees

Florian Bollen

David Zetland

Trustee / CEO

 

Mr. Bollen has been an entrepreneur and investor for most of his career. He has been active in the film industry, port development and the construction of giant observation wheels. When co-founding memsys clear water, the potential of this the membrane technology for relief in water distressed situations was one of his driving motivations. Memsys has pledged preferred access to its technology to the projects of Aquiva.

 

Haishan Ali

Director Maldives

 

Haisham Ali is a Maldivian natural who has been working in different positions in business and finance. His last position was in the largest fuel import and distribution company of the Maldives. He now works as an entrepreneur in the construction industry. This gives him an excellent understanding of how to get things done in the Maldives. He has been a director of the Maldivian JV with Stelco since its inception engaging himself for the cause of sustainable water provision to the inhabited islands.

Inge Relph

 

Allison Aldred

Trustee

 

Allison Aldred has a background in management consultancy and in international development. She spent sixteen years in South Asia including seven years as Oxfam GB's Regional Director for South Asia and global Gender Lead. Allison moved to Ireland in 2008 from South Asia and is currently Head of Strategy and Impact for Trocaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Allison has a particular interest in Gender, Strategic Planning and Impact Assessment. Allison has a degree in Political Theory and an MBA. She has served as trustee and Chairperson on a number of charity Boards.

Dr. Stefan Brunner

 

Aquiva Foundation Germany

 

Stefan Brunner is an entrepreneur in the real estate and hotel industry. Ever since university, he has been involved in social and educational charity projects. He studied at the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany and received his doctorate in social and economic sciences at the University of Graz, Austria. He is promoting the Aquiva Foundation in Germany and is propelled by the vision that now there is a tangible solution for the countless communities on this planet suffering from waterproblems.

Trustee

 

David Zetland is a senior water economist in the Department of Environmental Economics and Natural Resources at Wageningen University in the Netherlands where he is working on an EU-funded project, "Evaluating Economic Policy Instruments for Sustainable Water Management in Europe." David received his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Davis in 2008. He was a S.v. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy at UC Berkeley from 2008 to 2010. He blogs on water, economics and politics at aguanomics.com and is the author of The End of Abundance: economic solutions to water scarcity (2011). Before getting his PhD, David worked at start-ups and non-profits. He has travelled in 80 countries.

Silvia Bollen

Public relations

 

Silvia works as is a translator for Chinese and works as a Journalist. She has travelled the World extensively and is handling the communication for Aquiva Foundation.

 

 

Advisor

 

An international development specialist known for strategic innovation and building public private partnerships that create social value and meaningful benefit, especially for the poorest. Inge has been policy advisor to governments in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Most recently she was Senior Policy Advisor to ‘The Elders’, a group that included President Carter, Mary Robinson, Kofi Annan and Gro Brundtland, with the SDG’s Environment and COP21, women, peace and security as her remit. She sees water as the threat and opportunity of the future.

 

 

Connect

E-mail:       Contact@aquiva-foundation.com

phone:       + 44 7912605810

 

Address:    Aquiva Foundation

                  35 Lauderdale Drive

                  Richmond, Surrey

                  TW10 7BS

                  United Kingdom

Registered charity in England and Wales under 1141594

Music used in the videos by Peter Winter available at: www.inuka.de